Malaysia floods: Elderly folk neglected by families

Malaysia floods: Elderly folk neglected by families
Local residents walk through floodwaters in Chempaka, near Kota Bahru on December 28, 2014. At this time of flood-ravaged hardship when we have witnessed Malaysians stepping up to help strangers, we also see heartless people abandoning their own family.

KUALA KRAI - At this time of flood-ravaged hardship when we have witnessed Malaysians stepping up to help strangers, we also see heartless people abandoning their own family.

Retiree Zahari Razak, 62, when met at an evacuation centre in Bagang Kuchail, appeared grim and pale.

Military officer Sarjan Mohammad Nazi, who was in charge of the centre, said Zahari had suffered a stroke recently.

"I have been living here since I was born," said Zahari, who could barely speak as his entire left side, including his face, was paralysed.

"I have two sons - one in Kedah and the other in Johor," he said, reluctant to share details about them.

Zahari, however, added calmly that his sons would definitely come to get him soon as they would not leave him alone forever.

Sjn Mohammad said Zahari's sons had not even attempted to contact him.

"It has been nine days since he was moved to the centre and they have not called him or even left a message with their neighbours or relatives in the area.

"People are slowly leaving the evacuation centre and we should be closing down within the next week or so, depending on the situation.

"But Zahari's home has been flattened by the flood and he has nowhere to go," he said, adding that he would refer him to the Welfare Department if the situation remained unchanged for him.

Sadly, Zahari is just one of many elderly folk who have been neglected by their families.

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